Cavities form when food gets trapped in between teeth and gums. This leads to bacteria that can form plaque and tartar. The acids in plaque dissolve tooth enamel, which creates a hole in the tooth that needs filling, called a cavity. At our Hastings on Hudson dental office, we perform dental fillings along with general, restorative and cosmetic dental work. Cavities should be treated right away, before tooth decay sets in and an extraction is needed. Dr. Viana is a board certified dentist with many years of experience.
Our fillings include materials such as porcelain, composite resin and gold. Composite fillings are usually placed towards the front of the mouth in order to maintain an aesthetic appearance. Their appearance is more natural and looks very close to real teeth. However, each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Gold fillings are highly durable and can last for 10 years or more. Silver fillings are strong and durable, but tend to not match the color of regular teeth as closely as composite fillings do. They’re also more susceptible to cracks and breakage. The good thing about silver and gold is that it’s very strong. They are more expensive, however, and require multiple visits to place. On the other hand, white composite resin fillings are becoming more popular than ever due to their natural ability to match real teeth. They also bond well to teeth, making them strong and durable. Though not as durable as gold or silver fillings, composites are a good match for teeth in many ways but are prone to more chipping and cracking than other materials. Our Hastings on Hudson dental office can inform you as to which material is best for your teeth.
Before starting the filling process, we’ll numb the area and first clean out any decay. After a thorough cleaning, any remaining bacteria and debris will also be removed. The filling material is added in layers before being cured and hardened with a special laser light. We then trim off excess material before doing a final polish. After a filling procedure we encourage our patients to practice proper oral health habits to prevent future cavities and tooth decay. Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent this, and annual cleanings at our Hastings on Hudson dental office can help to get rid of the deeper debris that lay in between the teeth and gums.